Astoria High School received national recognition for excellence in global education on May 28 from Education First (EF) Foundation for Foreign Study, the leader in high school exchange. 

Awarded annually, the Global Education Excellence Award is presented to high schools that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to international understanding and global awareness. AHS was one of a select group of high schools recognized across the United States for the 2012-2013 school year.

This year Astoria welcomed two EF Foundation exchange students, Shiho Takayama from Japan and Theresa Spenner from Germany. Not only were the students accepted into the school, they became an integral part of the school's academic and extracurricular life, involving the community at large in the exchange experience.

“Astoria High School has shown outstanding commitment to offering global education,” said Dan Sodervall, president of the EF Foundation for Foreign Study. “By welcoming exchange students into the classrooms, Astoria High School has created new and unique learning opportunities not just for exchange students, but for the American students and faculty as well."

For information about getting involved with high school exchange in this community, contact Gail Moore at 360-642-8600 or go to

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